All enquiries to the Section Co-Ordinator: Mr Geraint Williams, 07795 100318, Email
Where Levels are given rather than grades, the approximate levels are:
- Beginner: Pre Grade 1 & Grade 1; Elementary: Grades 2 & 3
- Intermediate: Grades 4 – 6; Advanced: Grades 7 & 8
- Open: Post Grade 8
Where reference has been made either to a specific grade, or to terms such as elementary, intermediate etc, or to a level expressed in Grades, it is expected that entrants, parents, and especially teachers, will bear in mind that it is in the spirit of the festival to try to adhere carefully to the standards suggested by the the relevant grade. If in any doubt about the level of a piece then teachers should not hesitate to contact the Keyboard Section Co-ordinator who will be happy to give guidance.
Whilst it is obviously acceptable to play an exam piece in the festival, wider repertoire is strongly encouraged, in the context of the above advice.
Candidates may play only one piece in each class, unless the description of the class expressly states otherwise.
Within any class, the adjudicator will pay more heed to the standard of the performance than to the level of difficulty of the piece.
Adjudicator: Caroline Diffley ARCM
Born in Yorkshire, Caroline Diffley attended Badminton School, Bristol, after which she went on to study the piano at the Royal College of Music in London, and spent a term at the Academia Chigiana in Sienna.
During a teaching career spanning four decades, she has taught in Kent (at the Kent Music School) in Oxford (at the Dragon School) and widely in the South West. She taught piano at Wells Cathedral School, working with both specialist and main-school students and at Dartington College of Arts for twelve years.
She now runs a private teaching practice in Exeter, as well as working for the South West Music School both as a tutor and as a mentor.
Caroline is an extremely experienced Associated Board examiner and has examined all over the UK and the Far East, as well as in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. She is also on the Diploma examining panel, the Presenter panel and is a Music Medals moderator. She has been a mentor on the CT ABRSM course and is currently a busy adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals. She has also published articles on various aspects of piano teaching and learning.